Scoot's Halloween Sale

Scoot is having a promotion for flights from Singapore to China (Tianjin, Nanjing, Shenyang and Qingdao) and Australia now where the fares can be discounted by up to 33%. Sale is only on for today and travel period is for Nov 2013. Do book your tickets here now using promition code "SPOOK33" if you are interested to visit any of those places next month.

Tigerair Promotion

Tigerair is running a promotion just for today for several destinations. A round trip to Langkawi/Penang costs below $120. Do check it out here.

Zhuhai and Macau: $38 per pax for 5D4N Guided Tour

Here's a nice land tour package for Zhuhai+Macau. As usual, it requires 2 to go and air tickets to be purchased via the tour agency. Click here for more info on the deal.

Hanoi: $126 for 3D2N Old Town Hotel Stay + Halong Bay Tour

Spotted this land tour package which seems quite reasonably (attractively) priced. You will have to purchase the air tickets via the tour agency though. More info on the deal here.

Shanghai & Jiangnan Deluxe Guided Tour

Spotted another Shanghai tour that is attractively priced. Here's a brief:
  • Shanghai & Jiangnan Deluxe Guided Tour (Nett Price): 7D6N or 5D4N Stay at 5-Star Hotel - Includes 2-Way Air Ticket by Singapore Airlines + 2-Way Land Transfer + Meals + Tour (Min 2 Pax)
  • 5D4N Stay - Only $448 per pax instead of $888
  • 7D6N Stay - Only $458 per pax instead of $999
  • Package includes airport taxes and airline charges!
  • More info here.
The price is more or less close to the earlier deal I posted, but I think it would be more cool to add Jiangnan to the tour.

Hong Kong Super Saver with HSBC Cards

HSBC has tied up with Cathay Pacific to offer some really irresitible offers for flights from Singapore to Hong Kong. The cheapest fare goes at $278.70 inclusive of taxes! Here are the conditions...

Travel ex-SIN during the following periods:
- 28 October - 15 December 2013
- 01 - 23 January 2014
- 10 February - 31 March 2014

Check out the offer here!

Shanghai: $55 per pax for 7D6N Guided Tour

I spotted a very attractive travel deal over at Groupon (I'm subscribed to their newsletters). Here's a brief of the travel deal:
  • Shanghai: $55 per pax for 7D6N Guided Tour with 5-Star Hotel Stays + SQ Flight + Meals + Tour (Worth $1288)
  • Travel every Tues, Thurs, Fri or Sun till 24 Jan 2014
  • Book by 15 Nov 2013 or at least 7 days prior to arrival, whichever is earlier
  • Min. 2 to go (or pay extra $250 for solo traveler)
  • Min. 10 pax to form a group and depart (can join other travelers) 
  • Tipping applies at $6 per pax per day (I'm guessing it means $6 x 2 x 7)
  • Tour is complusory
  • Airport taxes apply at $380 per pax
  • More info here.
With those details, it would mean $519 for the trip inclusive of hotel stay, flight, taxes & tips. That's really very very very attractive! I'm so tempted already.

Day 4 [30th Oct]: Taiwan back to SG

Day 4 is a simple and short day as it was check-out day and my flight was at 3pm+. I had breakfast in the hostel and chatted with some newly found friends from Czech Republic and U.K before doing my final packing (squeezing) and heading to the Taipei Main Station to take the bus to the airport. I also managed to take several photos of the humble and budget-friendly hostel before I left. I will definitely stay here again if I visit Taipei in future.

Day 3 [29th Oct]: Taiwan

I started the day by heading to the breakfast place near C.K.S Memorial Hall MRT station that I visited the day before because I wanted to try my luck to see if the shop owners picked my spectacles. Amazingly, it was really there! The friendly auntie chatted with me a little and then I ordered a simple breakfast from her.

Day 2 [28th Oct]: Taipei

I started my second day proper by heading to the MRT station and purchasing a 2-day tourist pass for NT$310. The tourist pass allows unlimited travel on MRT and also selected buses and the pass ends on 23:59 of the second day rather than 48 hours from purchase time. Still, it's really worth it if you intend to take lots of MRT rides in 2 days.

After getting the pass, I took the MRT to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and had breakfast in the vicinity. Breakfast was simple, but tastes great and costs just NT$45. That's very cheap if you compare to Singapore standards!

 

Day 1 [27th Oct]: SG to Taipei

I spotted a good offer for Scoot flight to Taipei and decided to book it just 2 days before departure. The fare came up to be about $142 inclusive of 15kg check-in baggage allowance. And so I took off to Taipei on an afternoon flight and landed in Taoyuan Airport in the evening.  I managed to purchase a prepaid SIM card with 3 days of unlimited internet usage and NT$100 of credit for just NT300.

 
Shortly after, I took the bus 1819 to Taipei Main Station and it costed NT$130 for 1-way and NT$260 for round trip. After about 40 minutes of bus ride, I reached Taipei Main Station. It took me a while to get my bearings and navigate my way to 阿羅國際旅館(Taipei Traveler Hostel Holo Family Home). I checked in to the hostel quickly and made my move out to meet a friend to visit a night market.